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PlaySpace Exhibit - First Steps to Kindergarten
PlaySpace Exhibit - First Steps to Kindergarten
Museums and Libraries: Catalysts for Learning

War Without Mercy

Dower, John W. War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War. New York, NY: Pantheon Books, 1986. WWII historian examines the Pacific War through the lens of race, analyzing war songs, propaganda, political cartoons, and the like from both Japan and the United States.

Modern Japanese Literature

Modern Japanese Literature: From 1868 to the Present Day. Compiled and ed. Donald Keene. New York, NY: Grove Press, 1956. Canonical anthology of major works of Japanese literature in translation, from the Meiji period (1868-1912) through the 1950s. Includes works by major authors such as Natsume Soseki and Jun'ichiro Tanizaki, as well as waka and haiku poetry from this era.

Anthology of Japanese Literature (through 1870)

Anthology of Japanese Literature: From the Earliest Era to the Mid-Nineteenth Century. Compiled and ed. Donald Keene. New York, NY: Grove Press, 1955. Canonical anthology of major works of Japanese literature in translation, up until the years of the Meiji Restoration (around 1870). Includes major works such as Sei Shonogan's The Pillow Book, The Tale of the Heike, Basho's haiku, and works by Iharu Saikaku and Chikamatsu Monzaemon. Interspersed are essays by Donald Keene on the historical context for these works.

A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics

Richie, Donald. A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press, 2007. An essay in zuihitsu, "follow-the-brush" style, exploring traditional Japanese aesthetics. Touches on topics such as wabi sabi and mono no aware, as well as differences from traditional Western aesthetics.

A Hundred Years of Japanese Film

Richie, Donald. A Hundred Years of Japanese Film: A Concise History, with a Selective Guide to DVDs and Videos. Revised edition. New York, NY: Kodansha USA, 2012. A comprehensive history of Japanese film, covering the work of great directors such as Kurosawa as well as current trends. Includes a list of subtitled films readily available in the United States.

Shin's Tricycle

Kodama, Tatsuhara. Shin's Tricycle. Illus. Noriyuki Ando. London: Walker Childrens, 1995. This picture book tells the true story of not quite four-year-old Shin, who was riding his prized tricycle when the atom bomb struck Hiroshima. His tricycle is on view today in the Hiroshima Peace Museum.

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